It's only a bookstore event, a cozy, friendly venue. We'll have chilled champagne. The store, Carpe Librum, belongs to my good friend Flossie.
So why couldn't I sleep last night? Attack of nerves! My stomach clenched, jaw tight.
Work is the cure--means now I need to go upstairs and rehearse a little, then go for a run.
Then if I can just stay awake for the event, all will be well!
Every book sale counts, each and every one. The publishers call this "hand-selling." And if we want our publishers and bookstores to survive--and our work as well--we need to be energetic about the performances, readings, publicity, all of it.
Performance can be part of the creative process, as we discover our own work in singing it, reshape the notes as we go.
Publicity can be creative, too. I'm working on a poetry video right now with my friend Doug Griffey, a talented filmmaker based in Knoxville. We're hoping to have the video posted by the end of April. That's the hope!
If I can just stay awake...
Causes Marilyn Kallet Supports
Southern Poverty Law Center, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, ACLU, Amnesty International, Save Darfur.